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|Colours:||Midnight blue, sunshine yellow, flatirons red & skyline blue|
|Hall of Famers:||Dan Issel, David Thompson, Alex English, Sarunas Marciulionis, Spencer Haywood, Dikembe Mutombo, Allen Iverson, George McGinnis, Charlie Scott & Bobby Jones|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Alex Hannum, Larry Brown & John McLendon|
|Rivals:||Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder & Utah Jazz|
|Legends:||Alex English, Dikembe Mutombo, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups & Allen Iverson|
|Retired Numbers:||2, 12, 33, 40, 44, 55 & 432|
The Denver Nuggets were originally formed in 1948 as part of the National Basketball League, which merged to form the NBA after the 1948-49 season. The Nuggets lasted one season in the NBA before folding.
Seven years later an American Basketball Association (ABA) team was moved to Denver, originally being named the Larks before being changed to the Rockets before the 1967-68 season, due to a change in ownership.
The Denver Rockets had good success early on, making the playoffs in five of its first seven seasons in the ABA, however the team was never able to make it to the ABA Finals during this time.
The Rockets signed Denver Broncos player Lonnie Wright, becoming the first person to play both professional football and basketball in the same season! Denver also signed rookie Spencer Haywood, who wasn’t allowed in the NBA due to not graduating college. Haywood averaged 30 points and 20 rebounds per game, winning MVP, Rookie of the Year and All Star Game MVP in his only season with the team, before joining the NBA.
In the 1974 offseason, the team was anticipating its move to the NBA, which already had the Houston Rockets, so held a competition to rename the franchise, deciding to go back to the team’s original name, the Denver Nuggets. The newly named Nuggets made the playoffs in both of the last two ABA seasons, making the ABA finals in the final season, losing to the New York Nets.
Denver carried its success over to the NBA, winning the Midwest Division title in their first two seasons in the league and making the playoffs in their first three seasons. The following two seasons the Nuggets failed to make the playoffs and brought in new head coach, Doug Moe, who brought with him an offence-focused mindset.
The ‘motion’ offence allowed the Nuggets to be very competitive, despite not focusing on defence, and the team would go on to make the playoffs in the following nine seasons, including another two division titles. The team was led by Alex English, Kiki Vanderweghe and Dan Issel, with English and Vanderweghe averaging over 25 points per game.
The team traded Vanderweghe leading into the 1984-85 season, bringing in some more defensive minded players and it paid dividends, being the Nugget’s best season to that time.
Denver finished with a 52-30 record, good enough for second in the Western Conference, beating the San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz on their way to their first Western Conference Finals, where they fell to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nugget’s other division title during this stretch came in the 1987-88 season, with the team finishing second in the West with a 54-28 record, allowing Doug Moe to be named Coach of the Year. It was another disappointing playoff exit for the Nuggets however, eliminated by the Mavericks in the second round.
Denver made the playoffs the following two seasons but were swept in the first round both years, with English and Moe leaving in the 1990 offseason. Their departure saw the team drop to a 20-62 record, the worst for the franchise at the time.
Denver wouldn’t make the playoffs for the first three seasons after their departure, but their poor performance allowed them to draft Dikembe Mutombo, a defensive minded center, who finished second in Rookie of the Year voting.
Mutombo and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf led the team to their first winning season and playoff run in four years, finishing the 1993-94 season with a 42-40 record. The 8-seed Nuggets came up against 1-seed Seattle Supersonics, led by Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton.
After dropping the first two games, Denver won the next two causing a series deciding game 5, which they won in overtime becoming the first 8-seed to beat a 1-seed in NBA history. Denver would unfortunately fall to a regular foe, the Utah Jazz, in the second round.
The Nuggets traded for Supersonics shooter Dale Ellis and drafted Jalen Rose, hoping to outperform their previous season, however they started the season poorly and went through three coaches during the 1994-95 season. Behind Mutombo, who was named Defensive Player of the Year, the Nuggets still managed to hold on to eighth spot in the West, but were swept by the Spurs in the first round.
Denver overhauled their roster over the next couple of years, trading their core players, including Mutombo, and focusing around Antonio McDyess, who they acquired in the 1995 offseason. However the team struggled, eventually trading McDyess after only two seasons, and continuing to plummet, finishing the 1997-98 season with an almost all time NBA worst record of 11-71.
Denver had another five losing seasons, capped off by a 17 win, 65 loss 2002-03 season, tied for worst in the league. This poor season allowed the Nuggets to get the third pick in the 2003 Draft and select Carmelo Anthony out of Syracuse.
Carmelo helped the Nuggets turn things around, becoming the first franchise to qualify for the playoffs following a sub-20 win season, despite falling to the Timberwolves in the first round.
George Karl was hired during the 2004-05 season, helping the team win 32 of their last 40 games and make the playoffs for a second straight season, again losing in the first round, this time to the Spurs.
The 2005-06 season saw Denver win their first division title in 18 years, finishing with a 44-38 record, but was a similar story, exiting in the first round for the third straight year, this time at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers.
At the beginning of the 2006-07 season, Denver traded for superstar Allen Iverson from the Philadelphia 76ers, giving the Nuggets a powerful one-two offensive punch, with Anthony and Iverson both averaging over 30 points per game and being the two leading scorers in the league.
Marcus Camby was named Defensive Player of the Year and the team made the playoffs again, and won the first game against the Spurs, but chemistry issues played their part and the Nuggets lost the next four games, being eliminated in the first round for a fourth straight year.
The Nuggets went on to win 50 games in the 2007-08 season, but were only the eighth seed in the West, facing the 1-seed Lakers and being swept for their fifth straight first round exit. Denver knew they needed a change and traded both Camby and Iverson, bringing in Chauncey Billups from the Detroit Pistons.
Anthony and Billups led the Nuggets to another division title and the 2-seed in the West with a 54-28 record. Billups’ experience helped the Nuggets overcome their previous years downfalls, beating New Orleans 4-1 in the first round, and continued on with a 4-1 victory over the Mavericks, setting up a Western Conference Finals with the Lakers.
In the Nuggets’ first trip to the West Finals since 1985, where they also faced the Lakers, it was a case of deja vu, with Denver falling in six games to the Kobe Bryant led Lakers. The Nuggets would make the playoffs the following two seasons, including a division title in 2009-10, but were yet again, unable to make it out of the first round both years.
The biggest player move in Denver history saw a disgruntled Anthony traded to the New York Knicks on February 22nd, 2011. Both Anthony and Billups were traded in a three team trade that saw five new players join the team, including Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov. The Nuggets actually improved after the trade with a more team-orientated style of play and more focus on defence, with Denver finishing with 50 wins for the fourth straight season.
This new Denver team managed to make the playoffs for three straight seasons, including that initial half season, but were unable to get out of the first round on all three tries. However, they did have their best season in the 2012-13 season after trading for Andre Igoudala, finishing with a franchise best 57-25, including a 38-3 home record. George Karl was named Coach of the Year, but was fired after the season.
Denver struggled the following season, and for the next two seasons after that, but were successful in the draft, picking up Nikola Jokic at pick 41 in 2014, as well as trading for the 16th and 19th picks Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris. In 2016 the Nuggets selected Jamal Murray with the 7th pick. Nurkic was later traded for Mason Plumlee, who created a core of young guns with Jokic, Harris and Murray.
Denver’s young core continued to improve behind coach Mike Malone, finishing 9th in the West in both 2017 and 2018, before breaking into the playoffs in the 2018-19 season. Jokic had established himself as one of the best big men in the league, helping Denver finish with a 54-28 record, good enough for second in the West. The Nuggets beat the Spurs 4-3 in the opening round before falling to the Trail Blazers 4-3 in the second round.
Denver had emerged on to the stage and continued to blossom in the 2019-20 season, finishing third in the West with a 46-27 record, due to the COVID-19 shortened season. The Nuggets fell into a 3-1 hole against the Utah Jazz, but behind record breaking play of Jamal Murray, who scored 50 points twice in the series, managed to win the next three games, winning the series 4-3.
The Nuggets faced a similar story against the Clippers in the second round, down 3-1 and a sizeable margin in game five. The Nuggets made history by becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from 3-1 down twice in the same postseason.
The Nuggets advanced to the Western Conference Finals where they were overpowered by the Lakers. Despite this, behind Murray and Jokic, the Nuggets are poised to be one of the top teams in the West for a considerable amount of time.
Unfortunately for Denver, that had a rollercoaster of a 2020-21 season and it ended with them being swept in the Conference Semi-Finals by the Suns.
Jokic dominated the entire season and was rewarded with his first MVP award, but unfortunately Denver lost Murray to a torn ACL towards the end of the regular season and they could never properly fill the hole that he left.
In the 2021-22 season, Nikola Jokic once again dominated the league, but once again it led to nothing more than an early playoff exit for the Denver Nuggets. They finished the season with a record of 48-24 and in sixth place of the Western Conference.
If you are a fan of the Denver Nuggets, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022-23 season. Do the Denver Nuggets have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and win The Finals in 2023?
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Mike Malone is the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, and this upcoming 2022-23 National Basketball Association season will be his eighth season in charge of the franchise. He has been coaching in the league for nine years overall after a previous stint with Sacramento, and over the course of his coaching career he has made the playoffs four times. His overall record in the regular season currently sits at 353-308. While his overall playoff record is currently sitting at 21-27.
Calvin Boothe is the general manager of the Denver Nuggets and he has held that position within the franchise since 2020. This upcoming 2022-23 National Basketball Association season will be his third season as the decision maker for the franchise. He is a former player and spent a decade in the National Basketball Association from 1999-2009. He has had a lengthy stint with the Nuggets after getting the assistant GM job in 2017.
Nikola Jokic is the best player on this team’s roster and he is sure to make a huge impact during the 2022-23 National Basketball Association season. This upcoming season will be his eighth season in the National Basketball Association. Last season he put up some impressive numbers as he averaged around 27 points per game. He set up his teammates as well as he averaged around 8 assists per game. He managed to do some work on the boards as he averaged around 14 rebounds per game. He is the reigning and defending Most Valuable Player, and has won the award two seasons in a row now.
The second key player on this roster is Jamal Murray and this upcoming season will be his sixth season in the National Basketball Association. Last season he put up some impressive numbers as he averaged around 21 points per game. He set up his teammates as well as he averaged around five assists per game. He managed to do some work on the boards as he averaged around four rebounds per game. After coming out of Kentucky he quickly established himself as one of the best Guards in the league.
Jack White will be the breakout player on this team’s roster and he is sure to make a huge impact during the 2022-23 National Basketball Association season. He went undrafted in the 2020 National Basketball Association Draft. This upcoming season will be his first season in the National Basketball Association after attending Duke. Last season he played for Melbourne United in the NBL.
In his last season at Duke, he set up his teammates as well as he averaged around one assist per game. He also managed to do some work on the boards as he averaged around three rebounds per game. He put in some work on the defensive end of the court as well, averaging around one steal per game and one blocks per game. His list of accolades is impressive as he is a former NBL Champion.
The Denver Nuggets campaign during the 2021-22 National Basketball Association season went about as you would’ve expected. They finished the year with a record of 48-34 and in second place of the Northwest Division.
There is a lot of optimism surrounding the franchise heading into the 2022-23 National Basketball Association season. If they want to improve or keep up their current level of play they will certainly need a ton of production from their stars over the course of the 2022-23 National Basketball Association season. The most important thing in any season is how a team starts out of the gate, and then how they look when the all-star break approaches.
In the National Basketball Association, a lot can change over a single off-season. It will be interesting to see how their offseason moves translate onto the basketball court over the course of the 2022-23 National Basketball Association season. Based on their odds to win some hardware headed into the season it is clear how the oddsmakers in Las Vegas feel about them heading into the year.
Their odds to bring home the Northwest Division championship this season currently sit at -145 heading into the 2022-23 National Basketball Association season, which puts them first in the Northwest Division out of five teams.
While their odds to win the Western Conference currently sit at +725 heading into the 2022-23 National Basketball Association season, which puts them fifth in the Western Conference out of 15 teams. Their overall odds to bring home the championship are currently sitting at +1800 heading into the 2022-23 season, as they rank ninth out of all 30 teams in the National Basketball Association.
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Where do the Denver Nuggets play?
The Denver Nuggets play their home games at the Ball Arena.
Who owns the Denver Nuggets?
Ann Walton Kroenke is the owner of the Denver Nuggets.
Have the Denver Nuggets won an NBA Championship?
The Denver Nuggets have won 0 NBA championships.
Who is the Denver Nuggets coach?
Michael Malone is the head coach of the Denver Nuggets. Malone was hired following the 2014-15 season, after being head coach of the Sacramento Kings.
Do the Denver Nuggets play tonight?
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What is the Denver Nuggets record?
The Denver Nuggets had a 48-34 win-loss record for the 2021-22 NBA season.
Did the Denver Nuggets win last night?
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How much are the Denver Nuggets worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Denver Nuggets are worth $1.72 billion.
Who do the Denver Nuggets play tonight?
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How to watch the Denver Nuggets?
You can watch the Denver Nuggets on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Altitude Sports, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Denver Nuggets make the playoffs this year?
The Denver Nuggets made the playoffs in the 2021-22 season. They finished the regular season in 6th place in the Western Conference with a 48-34 record.
When do the Denver Nuggets play?
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Where did the Denver Nuggets finish the season?
The Denver Nuggets finished the 2021-22 NBA season in 6th in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Denver Nuggets win?
The Denver Nuggets won 48 games during the 2021-22 NBA season.
What are the NBA expert picks for the Denver Nuggets?
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